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Two part white dress, made of a long dress (part a) and an underskirt (part b) with an open weave or lace fringe at the bottom. The terno is white with white net, and the floral embroidery is yellow, green and red. The skirt is bell-shaped, and has an elastic waist.

History Of Use

Yucatecan traditional terno (dress). This type of dress used to be made of plain natural cotton but is now made of a synthetic cotton blend. They are always white or cream. The bib around the neck is commonly embroidered, as is the hem. Embroiderers use machines and patterns.
This is a celebration terno, because instead of using simple cotton threaded open weave, the artist has used lace and net for all the embroidered elements. Celebration ternos are used for religious festivals, traditional dances or special occasions. They are worn with gold or gold-coloured beaded jewellery, often with the Catholic cross on a long necklace. The hair is worn up in a bun, often with flowers in the hair. Worn with a shawl, called a reboso. Normally worn by older women.

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